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Fantasy football rankings 2016: Running backs for PPR leagues, Week 1

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Here are our fantasy football running back rankings for PPR leagues entering Week 1.

Editor's update 11:38 a.m.: Chris Ivory has been deactivated due to a medical issue. T.J. Yeldon will start in his place.

Editor's update 8:50 a.m.: These rankings are from earlier in the week. Christine Michael has been named the starter for Week 1. For this first matchup, he would be a low end RB1. He could put up huge numbers, but given his lack of previous productivity, he is not a certainty. Additionally, look for Thomas Rawls to get some of his touches.

In today’s pass-happy NFL, the value of a pass-catching running back is at an all-time high. That is even truer in fantasy football leagues using a PPR scoring system.

Even though most offenses feature wide receivers getting the bulk of the targets, we’re beginning to see more and more pass-catching backs take on big roles. PPR also makes it more interesting because of the added value to backup running backs who might otherwise not have big roles on your fantasy team.

Guys like Giovani Bernard, Theo Riddick, David Johnson, Matt Forte and Duke Johnson get a lot of their production through the air. That does not mean guys like Adrian Peterson or Todd Gurley do not have immense value in PPR leagues. PPR does, however, help narrow the gap between the elite tier of running backs to the second and third tiers.

Running backs (PPR), Week 1

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB
1 Adrian Peterson MIN at TEN 2 2 2 3 2 3
2 Todd Gurley LA at SF 1 1 7 2 1 1
3 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. TB 9 3 1 7 5 6
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. NYG 4 9 10 5 4 5
5 Lamar Miller HOU vs. CHI 3 8 17 4 7 4
6 Mark Ingram NO vs. OAK 7 7 12 8 8 7
7 David Johnson ARI vs. NE 5 5 2 1 3 2
8 LeSean McCoy BUF at BAL 6 14 3 12 11 9
8 Latavius Murray OAK at NO 10 12 6 10 10 10
10 DeAngelo Williams PIT at WAS 8 4 19 11 6 11
11 Doug Martin TB at ATL 11 11 4 9 13 12
11 Eddie Lacy GB at JAC 13 13 11 6 12 8
13 Matt Forte NYJ vs. CIN 12 10 8 17 9 16
14 Carlos Hyde SF vs. LA 17 19 14 14 17 14
15 Arian Foster MIA at SEA 19 6 5 27 15 33
16 Jeremy Langford CHI at HOU 15 15 29 16 14 24
17 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. CAR 18 18 27 13 16 13
17 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. MIN 14 23 18 24 18 19
19 Frank Gore IND vs. DET 23 28 9 23 24 22
20 Thomas Rawls SEA vs. MIA 16 16 28 22 25 29
21 Jonathan Stewart CAR at DEN 22 22 13 30 21 23
22 Melvin Gordon SD at KC 24 25 15 25 20 26
23 Rashad Jennings NYG at DAL 25 27 21 19 19 21
24 Jeremy Hill CIN at NYJ 21 21 20 34 22 27
24 Ryan Mathews PHI vs. CLE 27 20 35 15 27 15
26 Spencer Ware KC vs. SD 20 24 36 18 26 20
27 Giovani Bernard CIN at NYJ 29 33 24 26 23 25
28 Chris Ivory JAC vs. GB 28 31 16 32 32 37
29 Danny Woodhead SD at KC 31 29 37 20 31 17
30 Duke Johnson CLE at PHI 41 26 31 21 29 18
31 Ameer Abdullah DET at IND 26 36 32 28 28 28
32 Matt Jones WAS vs. PIT 33 34 22 35 30 30
33 Theo Riddick DET at IND 49 17 30 31 40 31
34 Isaiah Crowell CLE at PHI 35 37 23 40 37 42
35 T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. GB 34 32 39 33 41 35
36 James White NE at ARI 30 30 -- 36 45 32
37 LeGarrette Blount NE at ARI 32 -- 25 46 39 46
38 Derrick Henry TEN vs. MIN 36 38 44 39 36 40
39 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. CIN 50 41 33 37 33 36
40 Charles Sims TB at ATL 39 40 41 29 47 34
41 Darren Sproles PHI vs. CLE 37 -- 38 38 35 38
41 Chris Johnson ARI vs. NE 38 -- 34 48 34 41
43 Jay Ajayi MIA at SEA 43 35 45 50 38 47
44 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. TB 48 46 40 45 44 44
45 Charcandrick West KC vs. SD 40 42 42 -- -- 50
46 Justin Forsett BAL vs. BUF 46 49 37 -- 43 43
47 Terrance West BAL vs. BUF 47 44 -- 42 42 45
48 Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG -- -- 26 -- -- --
49 Christine Michael SEA vs. MIA -- 43 49 43 46 39
50 Chris Thompson WAS vs. PIT -- 39 -- 41 -- --
-- James Starks GB at JAC 44 45 47 -- 50 --
-- Alfred Morris DAL vs. NYG 42 -- -- 49 -- --
-- Shane Vereen NYG at DAL 45 47 -- -- -- --
-- Jerick McKinnon MIN at TEN -- 48 46 -- 49 48
-- Cameron Artis-Payne CAR at DEN -- -- 43 -- -- --
-- Javorius Allen BAL vs. BUF -- -- -- 44 -- --
-- Devontae Booker DEN vs. CAR -- 50 48 -- 48 49
-- C.J. Prosise SEA vs. MIA -- -- -- 47 -- --
-- Reggie Bush BUF at BAL -- -- 50 -- -- --